Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid, ‘Tongues’ (Domino)
This duo’s third release showcases skittering electronics framed by grounded, dynamic percussion, in ten brief, impressionistic tracks, all recorded live. Hebden, of Four Tet and Fridge, has always embraced jazz’s combative attitudes toward rhythm and melody, and here, with multiple samplers and guitar, he yields dense sounds both roiling and serene; while Reid, who played with Miles Davis and, um, Supertramp, adds scattershot rolls or tight backbeats. “Our Time” matches ambient Buddhist-temple bells with harp runs and metronomic drumming, while the tinny beeps and disco beats on “Rhythm Dance” summon a Martian post-punk groove.
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